How to keep your child active during virtual learning

Introduction: 

With many schools and workplaces closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many of us have found ourselves dealing with a new, and often very stressful family situation. As well as having to work from home and run a household, you’re likely also trying to keep your children on track with their virtual school work. 

All while enduring the restrictions of social distancing and even being cut off from the support of friends and loved ones, the strain can be unrelenting. Due to the constant virtual online classes, there has been a constant exposure to screen time with very little physical activity. In all this, the children have started losing their playtime. The constant exposure to screens is damaging the eyesight and the posture of children is also being affected. 

In such times parents need to take care of their child’s overall being and physical fitness. 

Benefits of Physical Activity:

Exercise is vital to keep your child healthy and fit. Physical activity helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints. Children even sleep better.

Physical activity also boosts a child’s mental and behavioral health. It increases a child’s enthusiasm and optimism and boosts your child’s self-esteem, performance in school, develops attention while learning or doing any activity, and also encourages good behavior. It also helps in reducing anxiety, tension, and depression. Not just that it can also foster teamwork and friendship when it’s part of an organized sport.

Below are a few tips that will help your child keep active after the virtual learning session.

Emphasize fun:

Help your child to find the sport she/he enjoys. Once they start enjoying and loving the sport they will continue to play. 

Engage them in craftwork:

Art allows children to develop their creativity which is important throughout their lives. By doing something creative, you allow your child to express themselves and their feelings in the form of Art. It helps in fostering mental growth in children by providing opportunities for trying out new ideas, new ways of thinking, and problem-solving. 

Encourage them in spending their time with nature:

The social and physical environment in which children learn can make a difference in their academic success. Letting children spend time in a setting with natural elements or allowing them to feel the beauty of nature can build a calm, and fun personality.  And being outdoors can also enhance their peer-to-peer relationships and student/teacher relationships needed for learning, even for students who feel marginalized socially. 

Schedule break sessions:

Take long walks or bicycle rides with your child. Use these breaks to relax, stretch, play or teach them to meditate for a short while. This will help them calm their senses and relax from long online lectures. 

Motivate them to help in household chores:

Allowing your child to help in small household chores will teach them to respect the work other people do! and it will also give them a satisfying feeling after completing the given task. 

Have a small cooking session:

Try to bake or cook with children. It’ll help them in learning a new activity plus will build your bond even stronger than before. 

Encourage them to read books that are beyond the syllabus: 

Daily reading can build critical thinking skills and expand their knowledge. Open a conversation with your child about the book she/he is reading which will help them in building great communication skills and will also encourage them in putting forth their point in terms of group discussion in the future. 

Conclusion:

To keep your child healthy and active is something every parent wishes for. Try these tips to keep your child engaged in a meaningful activity that will not only keep them occupied but will also teach them something valuable. 

We all know how hard it has been for students, parents, and teachers, to manage the virtual learning session. We hope this will end soon but until then, with our well-constructed academics, our faculty are trying their best to make these sessions engaging, fun, and effective for children and focus on their holistic development.

We assure you our best teaching through a balanced and dynamic curriculum that will allow your child to conquer their dreams and explore their imagination. 

Top Facts That You Should Know About ICSE School?

INTRODUCTION:

Education plays an important part in grooming a child’s life. Choosing the right board and the best school can be hard for many parents as they always want the best for their child. With personal advice from many people and searching rigorously through the internet, many parents aren’t always satisfied with their results. This is because every other board has its pros and cons and this makes it harder for them to compare and choose which school is best for their child. 

 As we all are familiar there are very few top schools in Pune as well as in PCMC. And to identify the best suitable school for your child is a tough decision.And the choices vary for each parent. 

Below are a few reasons to help you search for the best board and the best school for your child. 

Why choose ICSE School?

Choosing the right board will significantly impact your child’s positive development. 

If you are looking for the best school in Pune then this blog might help with numerous reasons to choose the best ICSE school for your child. 

Top Facts about ICSE School:

Nationally and Globally recognized:

The ICSE certification of passing is recognized by many institutions in India as well as abroad, So your child has the opportunity to learn in the well-known institution of our country as well as in a foreign land.

English Language for communication:

As English is the most spoken language in the world and connects more people of different languages, it is also the language the board prefers when it comes to the context of any activity carried out. 

Focus on practical engagement:

Along with allowing students to learn through academic books the ICSE board also engages students in practical experience which will help and enlighten them with greater knowledge and understanding.

#HappyAtSchool is the mantra of TAS to continue the learning activities with fun!

The boards do not tip in favor of any subject:

The ICSE board brings equal attention to arts, science, and other disciplines. Thus, children studying in the ICSE board are well-rounded and have more opportunities to explore and flourish in the career of their choice.

Focus on other curricular activities:

Along with academics, the ICSE board  focuses on the physical and co-curricular activities of children to keep up with their good health and wellness 

Flourishing the young minds:

The ICSE board works distinctly on the overall development of children with wide exposure to knowledge, practical-based learning, and teaching through different techniques that will engage students in effective learning. Along with this the board keenly focuses on learning of English language. The idea is to educate and flourish young minds for global exposure.

Conclusion:

The ICSE board is the most preferred choice of parents for their child. The board brings various opportunities for your child to explore the field of their interest and allow themselves to learn beyond academics. 

Along with a dynamic curriculum, we at TAS provide value-based learning to our students and also focus on their holistic development. We help your children to be good responsible future citizens. With our wholesome and nurturing campus, we sow the seeds of self-discipline, confidence, responsibility, imagination and so much more that will help your child grow in the right way for a brighter future. Our strong academics and highly qualified faculty will assure the best teaching from the best school in PCMC for your child.

Self and Time Management

INTRODUCTION:

While technology has made everything easy and with plenty of access to all information, we still don’t have enough time to manage our work. Managing our own life is something that has been taught to us while growing up. From a very young age, we were thought to pack our bags, prepare our uniforms, and get ready for school. 

Self-discipline and time management are two skills that a child should learn at an early age of his/her schooling. As a part of their education, we should include teaching them the right values that will accompany them when they’re young and successful. 

What is Self & Time Management:

“Time is Money”. The greatest accomplishment of one’s life is moving with time, as we’ve heard – Time does not wait for anyone. For which we should respect it and move accordingly. 

However, there’s a difference between self-management and time management. 

Self-management skills are your ability to regulate and control your actions, feelings, and thoughts. Whereas, Time management is the process of organizing and planning how to divide your time for specific activities. 

If you manage yourself you can manage time.  

How Will Self and Time Management help your child?

  • Effective time management allows students to complete more work in less time, and they are focused and determined in what they’re doing without getting distracted.
  • Efficient use of time also reduces stress, as students tick off items from their to-do list. It can also provide a sense of achievement of accomplishing goals. 
  • By using time effectively, students can complete their work and have sufficient time to do the rest of their important activities.
  • Self-management improves the productivity level of their work/task that helps students perform and also motivates them to work harder.
  • It gives them the ability to work in a disciplined manner and allows them to focus their energy on one task at a time.

CONCLUSION:

The foundation of every successful student lies in his/her discipline and manners. With the help of the Finnish education system, we at TAS, aim to provide children holistic learning and help them manage their own time, which will lead them towards their brighter and successful future. With the best learning resource from Finnish education and support by TAS, the students will develop a remarkable identity of themselves that will contribute to an exceptional career.

Effects of Disposed-Facemasks

Effects of disposed face masks on carbon footprint

I was walking back home from my daily stroll and much to my disgust amongst a pile of litter were two face masks discarded on the footpath. What struck me hard was not only the potential health risk of used masks being discarded like this during the pandemic but also the whole range of environmental issues created by people littering these non-biodegradable items as well as the long term impact their increased use is likely to have on our ecosystem

The demand for face masks from the public has been escalating as a result of the Indian government recommending their use. Also, the change in policy by the World Health Organization (WHO) advising that people should use face masks in places where social distancing isn’t possible will undoubtedly result in a massive increase in their number. Saikiran Kannan in his article ‘How Covid-19 renews the world’s plastic problem’ cited a report in which ‘estimated a need of 1 billion masks in Italy for the month of May soon after the lifting of its lockdown phase’. It went on to say that ‘If even only 1 percent of masks were discarded incorrectly’ and ended up as litter it would result in ‘10 million masks per month dispersed in the environment.’

The upsurge in face mask use has led to an alarming rise in personal protective equipment (PPE) including face masks used by the general public being thrown away on the streets, parks, and beaches instead of being put in a bin. In an interview on BBC of Jemma Bere, policy and research manager for Keep Wales Tidy, on the problem of face masks and littering said that “There is an environmental hazard because they contain plastic which is really damaging to our wildlife and our waterways.’ Apart from the significant danger to wildlife and public health, the BBC report identifies that it is having a direct impact on volunteers who would normally go and pick up litter on their daily walk avoiding doing so.

Worryingly there is already evidence of plastic pollution caused by masks. The OceansAsia team has reported finding masses of surgical masks washing up on the shoreline threatening the health of oceans and marine life.

There has been research carried out by several organizations on the impact of face masks on the environment. Eco chain, research identified that the CO2 footprint of a self-made cotton face mask is 20% higher than the footprint of a single-use plastic mask. This they stated was because the cotton fabric has a relatively high CO2 footprint throughout its production cycle. Although the researchers acknowledged that this does not give a complete picture because the use of the two kinds of masks is so different and it doesn’t take into account the number of single-use plastic face masks that would be used over a similar timespan to the life of a cotton mask. When they did carry out analysis over thirty days the results changed dramatically in favour of the cotton mask.

Research from a renowned Institute has also explored the environmental impact of single-use and various reusable face masks. Their Life Cycle Assessment showed that the use of reusable masks, including washing them, significantly reduces the amount of material ending up as waste. They point out that ‘66,000 tonnes of contaminated plastic waste and 57,000 tonnes of plastic packaging’ would be generated ‘if every one of us in India used just one disposable surgical mask each day for a year’. It concluded that single-use plastic masks would result in ‘ten times more climate change impact than using reusable cotton masks’.

From our review of various articles and reports of the environmental issues as a result of the increasing use of single-use face masks, I have identified that:

There is a climate change impact of using single-use plastic masks however it has to be acknowledged that some single-use face masks such as N95 respirators or their equivalent have an important role in protecting those at the greatest risk of infection.

More litter with the potential of plastics ending up in our oceans if single-use plastic masks are discarded or disposed off irresponsibly.

Contamination of recyclables will happen if the public puts face masks in recycling containers creating more waste.

A growth in waste for disposal or treatment will happen due to the increased use of single-use face masks and because many face masks contain materials that cannot be recycled or do not biodegrade.

If recycled cloth-based face masks are going to become a common accessory then guidance on how and when to disinfect them so that they can safely be reused is imperative as well as a concerted campaign to encourage their use over single-use plastic masks where appropriate.